The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness

Robison, Susan

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Drawing on research from the fields of neuroscience, faculty development, work productivity, positive psychology, and resilience, The Peak Performing Professor is filled with techniques, strategies, and practical tools for managing the complexities of academic life while maximizing professional potential. This much-needed resource reveals the four skill sets (PACE) that enhance peak performance and shows faculty step-by-step how to:

  • Power their work and lives with purpose and meaning.
  • Align all of their activities with that purpose.
  • Connect with mutually helpful colleagues and intimates.
  • Energize themselves to thrive in this interesting and engaging career.

To help develop these essential skills, the book contains exercises that can help faculty hone their abilities to anchor their work, roles, and use of time in their most deeply held values; to integrate their personal and professional lives into a seamless whole; to experience more work-life balance; and, ultimately, to create a legacy of a life well-lived. Administrators will also find the book a useful tool for guiding their faculty to produce, stay engaged, and experience job satisfaction.

"The first time I saw Susan present her Pyramid of Power model, I knew I needed to learn more. This book provides both the ideas and the practical advice that can help faculty and faculty developers make our lives more effective and more livable." —L. Dee Fink, author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences

"An amazing book—essential reading for every faculty member. The integration of sound scholarship and practical advice is extraordinary. This book will power faculty workshops and faculty lives!" —Barbara Walvoord, professor emerita, University of Notre Dame; author of Effective Grading

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What to do when you are feeling overwhelmed: Tips from the author


Sometimes no matter how well you implement peak performing strategies, life just comes at you too fast to handle. When that happens, these short-term strategies will help you manage things better.

1. Breathe deeply to counter the stress-induced distorted perception of time. Use the counter- intuitive but neurologically apt brain trick reflected in the Japanese proverb, “When you are in a hurry, walk slowly.” It will immediately expand your perception of time.

2. Be kind to yourself. You are overwhelmed because you perceive that you have too much to do. Give yourself permission to not be at the top of your game on all that you do. Make sure you continue self-care to keep your machinery running properly. Work out, sleep adequately, and eat nutritious foods even if you have to buy them from your local, extremely overpriced organic market.

3. Write everything that you need to do down (on paper or electronically). Working memory, your mental workroom where you move around ideas that you are thinking about or solutions you are considering, has a more limited capacity than long-term memory. Unload all of the tasks being held in your memory onto paper or screen and give yourself space to focus on the tasks in front of you.

4. Categorize the tasks into groups that make sense to you such as household, research, and teaching. Prioritize within and across categories asking yourself these questions: What tasks will have the most far-reaching benefit to me and others if I can get them done? What tasks, if not done, will cause the most trouble?

5. Start anywhere you can on tasks that you are uniquely qualified or required to do and then delegate, drop, or park tasks that aren’t rising to the top of your priorities. Save the tasks that are great ideas—for another time.

6. After you whittle down the most important tasks, take a deep breath and ask yourself if there is anything you can do to prevent this kind of overwhelm in the future.

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